Welcome to the website of The Dutch Mill society!
Mills are very important to the Netherlands! Unfortunately, in the early part of the 20th century many have disappeared. That’s why, since 1923 the Dutch Mill Society is devoted to the preservation and restauration of the mills in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Mill Society protects the mills by giving advice about restoration, maintenance, and preservation. In addition, it stands up for the well-being of all wind- and watermills in our country. Furthermore, the society has the ambition to have as many people as possible enjoy the mills. In this respect, we organize each year the National Mill Day and the Mill Prize.
There are about 1.050 wind- and 150 watermills in the Netherlands. Visiting a mill is always fun and educational. Most of the mills are operated by voluntary millers and many welcome guests on Saturdays. Just look for the blue pennant! If you see this hanging by the mill, everyone is welcome. Visiting hours and further details of all Dutch mills can be found here
National Mill Day
Every year, during the second weekend of May, we celebrate National Mill Day. Hundreds of mills are then open to the public. The millers operate the mills and speak about the technique, the history, and the miller’s trade. Often, extra activities such as fairs, mill markets, demonstrations in bread baking, and exhibitions are being organized.
Provincial and regional mill days
From April until October, you can also visit many provincial, regional, and local mill days. All of this information can be found on this website.